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Working with Specialized On-Line Resources
Will and Sarah Fleming on their homestead near Farley, New Mexico.
PLEASE NOTE THESE LINKS ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE A COMPREHENSIVE LIST, RATHER THEY ARE MEANT TO SERVE AS EXAMPLES OF DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES ON-LINE! FOR A COMPREHENSIVE LIST, GO TO Cyndi's List http://www.cyndislist.com/index.htm
The USGenWeb Archives, http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/ , have a wide variety of resources organized at the State and County level.
Ancestry.com has many resources: http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/main.htm You need a subscription to access most of them.
Family History.com's BMD Databases: http://www.familyhistory.com/category.asp?cat=bmd
Census Indices and Images
FREE - US GenWeb's Census Archives are FREE to access, but is still a growing collection: http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/cen_img.htm?sourceid=00228462927139856101
Ancestry.com, is a subscription-only collection, but is complete. http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/census/usfedcen/main.htm
Genealogy.com also has a subscription-only collection http://www.genealogy.com/uscensussub.html?AID=9488387&PID=1027214
NARA, the National Archives and Records Administration, at http://www.nara.gov/ has a large and ever expanding collection of images of their most popular holdings digitized and searchable by keyword. These can be searched by the NARA Archival Research Catalog (ARC), "the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries" at http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/basic_search.jsp.
Land Patents from the Bureau of Land Management: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ (this is a great, searchable site!)
Public Records from Search Systems (over 4700 free searchable records): http://www.searchsystems.net/ some are relatively recent records and include such things as professional licenses and alumni listings.
The Virtual Cemetery at Genealogy.com, http://www.genealogy.com/VG/vcem_search.html, is a (growing) searchable collection of images of gravestones and relevant information about them.
Tombstone Transcription Project at RootsWeb: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cemetery/ a volunteer project that "... will transcribe tombstone inscriptions and have that work archived for the future and made easily accessible to all."
The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, also at RootsWeb: http://www.immigrantships.net/ "We are a group of volunteers dedicated to making the search for our ancestors immigration easier. We grew out of a need to find ships passenger lists right here, on-line."
Internment.net has cemetery records from around the world: http://www.interment.net/
Obituary Depot: http://www.daddezio.com/obituary/ mostly newer obits.
Organization Web Pages
The Reeves Registry: http://www.reevesregistry.com/ "An Information Clearing House for the Reeves Surname and its Various Spellings."
Native American Genealogy, a great resource posted by an individual: http://members.aol.com/bbbenge/front.html
The Metcalf Society of England: http://www.metcalfe.org.uk/index.html "The Metcalfe Society today stands in the forefront of the world of Genealogy as one of the largest and most respected one-name study groups, with almost 1,500 members past and present, home and overseas. It is dedicated to supporting anyone interested in their Metcalfe (and all spelling variants) family history and acts as the principal link between branches in the home country and those settled worldwide."
Using Online Copies of Books, etc.
United States Internet Genealogical Society Books Online (USIGS): http://www.usigs.org/library/books/
The US Biographies Project at USGenWeb: http://members.tripod.com/~debmurray/usbios/usbiog.html
Online Newspaper and Magazine Articles
At Beginning Genealogy, a good description of how newspapers can help you with your family history search: http://members.aol.com/rechtman/genbasics.html (Scroll down a ways to find the section on Newspapers -- the other information here is useful also.)
TheOldenTimes.com: Historic Newspapers Online http://theoldentimes.com/index.html
Ancestry.com's Historical Newspaper Collection is a subscription service with access to a growing collection of newspapers. Here's an example: http://images.ancestry.com/iexec?htx=view&r=&cat=NEWSFREENYT&path=1865.04.15
The Online Archive of New Mexico: http://elibrary.unm.edu/oanm/
LIBROS the online catalog of the University of New Mexico library system: http://libros.unm.edu/
The Rio Grande Public Library system catalog: www.cabq.gov/rgvls/specol.html
The Library of Congress: http://catalog.loc.gov/
How to use The Family History Library in Salt Lake City: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHL/frameset_library.asp
Requesting your ancestors' Naturalization records: http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/naturalizationrecords.html
How to contact genealogical societies: http://www.familyhistory.com/societyhall/main.asp
Periodical Source Index (PERSI) to find periodical articles of interest: http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/periodicals/persi/main.htm?rc=locale%7E&us=0
Locating Catholic Church Records in New Mexico a project sponsored by the New Mexico Genealogical Project. This is nice, since people did not necessarily adhere to one parish nor are the records all kept in a very common sense location system.
The Library of Congress has lots of great on-line resources. Their homepage is at: http://www.loc.gov/ and is well worth at least an entire afternoon's worth of browsing.
The American Memory Collections Sound Recordings: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/S?ammem/collections:@field(FLD003+@band(origf+Sound+Recording)):heading=Original+Format%3a+Sound+Recordings
Collections available online: http://www.loc.gov/folklife/ndl.html
American Life Histories: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/wpaintro/wpahome.html
Genealogy Knowledgebase includes a list of old occupations and diseases: http://www.genealogytoday.com/guide/help/answers.html
InfoPlease has a great collection of general world-wide information including timelines, disasters through history, geography, and much more: http://www.infoplease.com/world.html
Epidemics in US 1628-1918: "In case you ever wondered why a large number of your ancestors disappeared during a certain period in history ..." http://www.bjhughes.org/epidemic.html
The American Local History Network: http://www.alhn.org/
The USS Liscome Bay, which was torpedoed in the Pacific during WWII with my great-uncle Arend Schouten on board.
Access Genealogy Military Resource Center http://www.accessgenealogy.com/military/ a great comprehensive site with links to records from most US-fought wars.
World War II State Casualties by County: http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/
At Ancestry, WWII and Korean Conflict Casualties Interred Overseas: http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/4283a.htm
The US Naval Historical Center Online: http://www.history.navy.mil/index.html , which includes a photo archive of ships: http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usn-name.htm so you can see images of the vessel where your family member served.
For more WWII ship info, go to Ships of the US Navy: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/USN-ships.html
AmericanRevolution.org 's Genealogy Links Page http://www.americanrevolution.org/genlinks.html
A Barrel of Genealogy Links Civil War Resources: http://www.genealogytoday.com/barrel/links2.html
Special Interest Sites (a few examples)
Asian Ancestry at Asia GenWeb: http://www.rootsweb.com/~asiagw/ This is part of the GenWeb system and is an ever-expanding collection of information and links.
Native American Genealogy http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/ This site is comprehensive, scholarly, and easy to navigate. Whether you are tracing ancestors, conducting historical research on the individual tribes of Native Americans, or are just a curious American, this is well worth the visit!
African American Genealogy http://www.afrigeneas.com/ This impressive site has surname researcher lists, forums, chats, and records like slave data collections, library archives, and world and state records.
New Mexican Ancestry
Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico: http://www.hgrc-nm.org/ a fabulous resource for those researching especially Northern New Mexican ancestors.
New Mexico Genealogical Society http://www.nmgs.org/index.htm
Sephardim (the descendants of Jewish families exiled from Spain in the middle ages): http://www.sephardim.com/index.html
Orphan Trains: http://www.orphantrainriders.com/
German Ancestry: http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/
Slovak and Czech Ancestry: It's All Relative http://www.iarelative.com/; The Czech Genealogy Page http://czechgenealogy.org/; Czech Genealogy http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/2064/czechgen.htm; The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society http://www.cgsi.org/
Irish Ancestry: Irish Genealogical Society http://www.rootsweb.com/~irish/
Preserving Heirlooms, including photos, papers, textiles, etc.
Canadian Heritage's "Preserving my Heritage" page: http://www.preservation.gc.ca/howto/grid_e.asp
The Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC) http://www.uni.edu/petersog/icpcmenu.html
Making a CD-ROM or DVD Family Photo Album http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ranch/7764/learning.html
National Archives of Australia's "Protecting and Handling Photographs" page: http://www.naa.gov.au/recordkeeping/rkpubs/advices/advice7.html
The Book Arts page of Preservation and Conservation Links: http://www.philobiblon.com/pressite.htm
From Cyndis List: http://www.cyndislist.com/maps.htm#Historical
At Ancestry.com: http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/reference/maps/main.asp
The University of Texas at Austin Perry Castaneda Library Map Collection: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/histus.html
Place Name Servers on the Internet: http://www.asu.edu/lib/hayden/govdocs/maps/geogname.htm#world This extremely useful site has links to other sites that will help you find information about and maps of places.
Rootsweb's tool to help you determine what county a town was/is in: http://resources.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/townco.cgi I consider this to be one of my most useful tools.
The Library of Congress' on-line map collection: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/gmdhome.html
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